Medya News Report: Iranian Regime Will Be Pressed at the UN Human Right Body

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Representatives of nationalities in Iran (Azerbaijan, Balouchistan, Ahwaz and Kurdistan) will also be present at the 7th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review Working Group according to Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran’s (PDKI)representative in UK, which is the main ethnic group opposition to the Islamist regime in Tehran.

This report clearly shows the activism of our colleagues at the Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran at this very important body of the United Nations that gives a better voice to the plight of the oppressed people in Iran including the oppressed nations of Iran.

We should catch the regime red-handed in these forums and avert them from providing mis-informations and lies to this world bodies in regards to the rights of ethnic groups in Iran.

Read the report below compiled by Medya News:

Sharif Behruz

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Iranian Regime Will Be Pressed at the UN Human Right Body

14 Feb 2010 – Medya News

GENEVA – Iran and western countries were set for a showdown over Tehran’s crackdown on dissent on Monday, when the UN human rights council scrutinises the country’s human rights record.

The regular review and open debate by the 47 nations in the council comes days after Revolutionary Guards and police reportedly clamped down again on protests during the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution last Thursday.

The United States, European countries and human rights groups have accused the Iranian government of intensifying mass arrests and detentions, torturing detainees, show trials and politically-motivated executions against opponents and minorities, as well as muzzling communications and the media.

United Nations human rights experts have also expressed growing concern over the past year, having failed to gain access to the country since 2005 despite repeated requests.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran John Limbert noted a deterioration since the contested June 2009 election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, with growing dissent from former Islamic regime allies.

“These are not royalists, not long-standing opposition figures; these were consummate insiders, pillars of the establishment,” he told journalists in Geneva.

In a report to the council, Iran retorted that criticism of its rights record was politically-motivated and created “negative sensitivity” inside the country.

“The Iranian society is a successful model of brotherly and peaceful coexistence,” it claimed.  The Iranian report further added that several ethnic group live in Iran and they all enjoy equal rights as citizens.

“Iran’s human rights situation has consistently been used as a political tool to apply pressure and to advance certain ulterior political motives of specific Western countries.”

Amnesty International said the members had an opportunity to raise important questions about Iran’s failure to uphold human rights.

“The Iranian authorities seem to have lost touch with reality or are unwilling to acknowledge it,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East .

Representatives of nationalities in Iran (Azerbaijan, Balouchistan, Ahwaz and Kurdistan) will also be present at the  7th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review Working Group according to Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran’s (PDKI)representative in UK, which is the main ethnic group opposition to the Islamist regime in Tehran.  

“We will hold meetings with representatives of several Permanent Delegations, Netherlands, Chile, Nigeria, US, Canada, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Turkey and Bahrain, to attempt to persuade them to putt more pressure on Iran during the review of their Human Rights Report.”Loghman Ahmedi, the UK represetative of PDKI stated in his blog.

“On Friday the 12th of February I will, Dr Alireza Nazmi, Mr. Nasser Boladai and Mr. Adnan Torfi speak about religious Discrimination, representation in political bodies, economic discrimination and expropriation of land, arbitrary arrest, torture, judicial procedure, and execution, Linguistic and cultural discrimination and the media, and Violations of the right to Freedom of Assembly.” Ahmedi Added.

“Their first meeting will be with John W. Limbert, who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs,” the group’s UK representative said.

Ahmedi also claimed “Something noteworthy is that out of the 66 individuals currently on death row in Iran, 53 are from Ahwaz, Kurdistan (21 of the 53 are from Kurdistan) and Balochistan.”

On Friday, Iranian Nobel peace prize winner and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi urged the council to act on Iran to halt the “rapidly deteriorating” human rights situation.

“In Iran… every year we’re taking a step backwards rather than a step forwards,” she said in Geneva.

Source: AFP

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Source: Medyanews.com

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